Sensory Impairment and Cognitive Decline

Sensory Impairment and Cognitive Decline (2017)

The three-year U13 Bench-to-Bedside conference grant is a cooperative effort between the National Institute on Aging and the American Geriatrics Society

About the Conference

The 2017 AGS/NIA U13 conference—scheduled for Oct. 2-3 in Bethesda, MD—is the first of three conferences in the current series. It will focus on the sensory impairment and cognitive decline. Converging epidemiologic evidence links sensory impairment (vision/hearing) to risk of cognitive decline and incident dementia. The functional challenges imposed by sensory impairment are more difficult to overcome when accompanied by even mild cognitive impairments, and vice versa. The conference will also include a professional development track for young investigators who are rising stars in their fields to ensure continued excellence in tomorrow’s generation of geriatrics researchers. A draft program agenda can be accessed here.

Conference Planning Committee

Heather Whitson, MD (Co-Chair)
Duke University School of Medicine

Bonnielin Swenor, PhD, MPH (Rising Star)
John Hopkins Univerity School of Medicine

Frank Lin, MD, PhD (Co-Chair)
John Hopkins University School of Medicine

Cynthia Owsley , PhD, MSPH
University of Alabama School of Medicine

Coryse St Hillaire-Clarke (NIA Representative)
National Institute on Aging

Kristine Yaffe, MD
University of San Francisco School of Medicine

Grover Gilmore, PhD
Case Western Reserve University

Gregg Recanzone , PhD
University of California Davis

Jonathan Peelle, PhD
Washington University in St. Louis

Alice Cronin-Golomb, PhD
Boston University

Anu Sharma, PhD
University of Colorado

Karen Cruickshanks, PhD
University of Wisconsin